I'll be the first to admit that I'm all for supporting Girl Scouts. I was one and I loved selling the cookies although my dad never took the order form to work so I never sold as many as other girls I knew. And there were so many of us in the neighborhood it was hard for all of us to get a lot of orders that way either.
Recently, I was cleared of my chocolate allergy and asked my fiancé to bring home a box of Tagalongs from someone who was selling them at work. I was so excited...until I tasted them.
If you love the cookies, that's great. But I realize now I'm not a big chocolate fan and that has a lot to do with my disappointment so I set out to make my own. The recipe I followed is here.
The recipe wasn't bad but I did make a few changes: I used the semi-sweet baker's chocolate and we, er my fiancé, rolled out the dough for me and we went a little thinner than the suggested half inch. This meant we needed more chocolate and we actually didn't dip a few, enjoying the peanut butter on top of the shortbread. I also would rather try them with carob but carob is hard to melt for dipping.
No matter, for me I like knowing I can control what goes into the cookies so I can avoid that long list of ingredients I can't pronounce. And knowing I can put in all the peanut butter I want.